Melissa Smith, left, and Jenn Acus-Smith paint a mural on the restroom building at Veterans Park on New London Road in Hamilton. Acus-Smith designed murals for six different locations in Hamilton parks and this is the last of those to be completed. The murals all represent Ohio birds and were made possible from an anonymous donation to the Hamilton Parks Conservancy from a community member, according to Acus-Smith. The other bird murals are located at Joyce Park, L.J. Smith (North End) Park, Crawford Woods Park, Millikin Woods Park and Jim Grimm Park. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
The Delicate Balance of Progress mural is located at 212 Main Street in Hamilton. The mural shows various bird images, including origami birds, echoing the city's proud paper-making past.
The design was created by Canadian Annie Hamel, and features references to light bulbs and paper birds, in a nod to past city businesses and industries. She recently finished a mural project in France.
The murals were chosen through a blind selection process, with judges not knowing names of those submitting artworks. 117 designs were submitted by 63 artists from three countries. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF